Woman given fine in fly tipping probe

RUBBISH: The bags found in an alley between Chatsworth Street and Nimes Street
RUBBISH: The bags found in an alley between Chatsworth Street and Nimes Street
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A woman has been ordered to pay £450 for failing to answer questions about fly tipping.

Margaret Gilks, 43, of, Chatsworth Street, was found guilty in her absence at Preston Magistrates’ Court after she didn’t respond to Preston Council over questions about 40 bags of rubbish linked to her home address.

The court head in June this year enforcement officers from the council were called to investigate a large scale dumping of household waste dumped in a communal gated alley between Chatsworth Street and Nimes Street, Preston.

The 40 bags were moved from the alley and examined for evidence, the waste was linked to the home address of Ms Gilks.

Preston Council’s waste enforcement officer, Paul Cookson, made a number of attempts to speak to Ms Gilks regarding the matter but she did not communicate with him.

A formal disclosure notice was served on Ms Gilks under Section 108 of the Environment Act 1995.

This notice required her to provide information regarding the production and disposal of waste from her address.

Ms Gilks failed to make any answer to the notice.

The matter was referred to the Preston Magistrates Court by means of summons and the case was heard on Wednesday September 17.

Ms Gilks didn’t attend court.

She was fined £100 plus £20 victim surcharge. £330 costs were also awarded.

Coun Robert Boswell, Preston Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Environment, said: “This prosecution should act as a strong message about Preston City Council’s zero tolerance on fly tipping.

“Fly tipping is a serious issue and if you are caught, or waste from your property is found fly tipped, you can be fined up to £50,000 or face possible imprisonment.”

To report fly tipping or for more information visit: www.preston.gov.uk/yourservices/bins-and-recycling/grot-spots/fly-tipping or call 01772 906909